R. Thompson, a seventh generation Texan and native Austinite,
moved to the Round Rock area in 1966 when she married David L
Thompson. She had been researching and writing history since
the fifth grade at Casis Elementary School in Austin where she
grew up. She was greatly influenced by the photographs taken
by her grandfather, Charles P. Luck, a photographer from the
1890s to the 1930s.
She attended the University of Texas at Austin
and St. Edward's University after graduating from Leander High
School in 1962. After more than two decades with the I.R.S.,
she plans on retiring in 2004. She has been a professional genealogist
and teacher for many years.
She has been active in civic and community affairs,
especially the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Williamson
County Historical Commission, and is a founder of Westwood Community
School. A Round Rock ISD school plaque in her honor reads, "Dedicated
to Karen R. Thompson, historian and preserver of the lessons
from the past, in appreciation of her valuable contributions
to the schools and community of RRISD. Her attention to the past
reflects her devotion to the future."
Karen and her husband David reside in Leander.
Their daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Jonathan Howell, are
currently restoring the historic 1871 Pickle-Mason house in Leander.
Also in Leander, son David Mason resides in an historic home
built about 1906 by his great grandfather A. L. Mason. Grandson
Cassidy Thompson is a tenth generation Texan.